The mission of the Schenectady County Public Health Services is to prevent or reduce the transmission of human illness and injury, promote healthy behaviors, protect against environmental hazards and assure the quality and accessibility of health care for all segments of the community.
The Prevention and Patient Services unit carries out its mission through strategies including: maintaining a workforce able to respond promptly to imminent /urgent public health emergencies, community-wide surveillance for communicable disease incidence, assuring diagnosis and medical treatment for STDs, assuring vaccination against preventable disease, maintaining a competent, resilient public health workforce by offering staff training and educational opportunities, providing public education, promoting client empowerment, providing health care provider education, offering health education and guidance for all clients, case finding and referral to needed personal
health and other supportive services, mobilizing community partners to identify and address community-wide health issues, seeking and requesting any additional sources of funding to support progress toward agency mission, and participating in Healthy Housing initiatives with other municipalities to reduce illness and promote health.
The Children with Special Needs (CWSN) program assures that Schenectady County’s physically, medically, and/or developmentally disabled children aged birth to five years and their families are provided with opportunities to access assessment, diagnostic, medical, therapeutic, and educational services. CWSN works closely with state approved providers comprised of 12 agencies and 25 independent providers and collaborates with local and state level stakeholders, providers, school districts, agencies and other County departments. The Schenectady County CWSN Program administers three distinct programs:
- The Early Intervention (EI) Program provides developmental evaluations for infants and toddlers birth to three years old suspected of having a developmental delay and provides services for children eligible due to delay or confirmed medical diagnosis.
- The Special Education Program serves children ages three to five who are approved by their local school district’s Committee on Preschool Special Education.
- The Children with Special Health Care Needs Program utilizes a referral-linkage system to provide assistance for children birth to 21 years old with serious chronic physical, developmental, behavioral or emotional conditions.
The Environmental Health Unit fulfills the mission of Public Health Services through coordinated response strategies including inspection, surveillance, industry and public education, and partnerships with NYS Department of Health and overall health care community. Environmental Health administers numerous programs designed to protect public health through the enforcement of State and local laws and sanitary codes. Individual programs regulate food service establishments, public water supplies, swimming pools and bathing beaches, camping facilities, temporary residences (hotels and motels), body art establishments, mobile home parks, schools and day care facilities, and septic systems. Other departmental grant programs include lead poisoning prevention, healthy neighborhoods, tobacco control, and rabies control.